Staff Profile

Kimberly Peterson

Kimberly Petersen

Assistant Director

Email: petersenk@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2344
Office: SUB, 2nd Floor


Education: BS, Social Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, 1984; MA, Counseling, Seattle University, 1997. At SPU since 2014.

As a career counselor at the CCC, Kimberly Petersen helps students align their identities with their aspirations, assisting them as they explore their strengths, values, interests, and calling. In her role, Kimberly also helps students learn processes for discernment and decision-making, and develop strategies and skills that connect their gifts to purposeful work. She provides career counseling, teaches career-development courses, and collaborates with faculty and staff to promote the development of students.

Prior to joining the Center for Career and Calling, Kimberly worked as a career counselor at the University of Washington Career Center, career services coordinator and counselor at the University of Washington Counseling Center, and college instructor at Bellevue College and the Art Institute of Seattle. She’s also served for more over 10 years in private practice as a counselor and organizational consultant, and 12 years in human resource management roles in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kimberly is delighted to be working at the Center for Career and Calling, where her love of counseling, collaborating, and whole-person development coalesce.


Why I Work at SPU

Kimberly Petersen, Career Counselor

“There are many reasons I work at SPU: wonderful students and alumni, outstanding colleagues, and a variety of opportunities to do good work. I value SPU’s focus on whole person development and enjoy engaging with students as they explore who they are, and express their gifts through the work they choose.”